The warmer October weather and the snowmelt put a lot of water into the streams and rivers flowing into Lake Jindabyne and by late October, the water level well and truly covered new ground, bringing the fish close to shore.
November is normally when the fishing really heats up in the Snowy Mountains and we are looking forward to a good month.
This year we experienced a very low lake over Winter, caused by the work being carried out on the dam wall. The foundations for the temporary coffer dam are now in place and we should continue to see an average lake level, at least until April.
By the time this magazine comes out we will be in the middle of the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, which finishes on November 5. It looks like anglers will experience some great fishing.
The opening of the streams last month saw some perfect conditions for the last of the rainbow trout spawn run. Rain before and over the opening weekend put the Thredbo River very high and the flow was hard, but experienced anglers caught plenty of fish.
The river has continued to fish well and although most of the rainbows have returned to the lake, the fishing is still very good and there is plenty of flow.
Let’s have a closer look at what we should expect for this month.
Worms fished near the creek and river mouths will give excellent results. Fish close to shore – too deep and you may miss out. Adding a second hook and floating PowerBait above the worms has been an advantage.
I saw my first dragonfly for the season in late September and by early October anglers had already started to catch trout on mudeyes fished under bubble floats. This method will continue to be the best way of getting a feed as the water warms up over the coming months.
Spinning the edges of the lake is also good this month and if it fishes half as well as last month we will be in for some spectacular catches. Tasmanian Devil lures in gold and green will bring the results. Tassie numbers 50 and 23 have been good and the most consistent all-rounder would have to be No 36.
If you’re fishing into the dark remember, ‘dark colours on dark nights’, so you can’t go past the No 48 brown bomber. The ‘holographic’ is also great, with colours very similar to the yabbies found in the lake.
If you’re spinning the shallow bays early and late in the day, go for a bladed spinner like a Gillies Spina or a Celta in green and gold and fish close to the edge. Areas to spin include Waste Point, the Snowy Arm and the Curiosity Rocks at Wollondibby Inlet.
On the Thredbo river, spinning with a Gillies Spina or a Celtas will work very well.
I have a colour preference for red at this time of year in the Thredbo. A soft plastic lure worth a try is the Panther Martin rainbow trout minnow, and all other soft plastics will benefit from the addition of a Bassmaster Bass/Bream Spin, a jig head that has a little spinning blade adding the flash and attraction that trout love so much.
Already we have had some excellent fly-fishing in the streams and rivers.
The warm days in early October melted most of the snow and while at that time the rivers were running a little hard, at the moment the flow is perfect and by fishing brown nymphs deep along the runs, some excellent rainbow trout have been caught on the Thredbo River.
We should also start to see a little more dry-fly fishing this month.
On the lake the fly action has been very good, with the rainbows up in the shallow bays feeding close to shore. The fishing casting into the edge from a boat is even better.
Green nymphs have probably featured in most of the catches. At night, try larger streamer flies like a Craig’s Night-time or a black Woolly Bugger. Fish the fly slow and deep over the weed beds.
Trolling is good early and late in the day – stay close to the edges and surface troll in the first couple of hours of daylight. As the day brightens, go deeper as the fish head deeper, so it is best to use lead-core line. Three colours or 30 metres of leadline over the weed beds works well. Weed beds are usually found in bays sheltered from the strong north-westerlies we experience so often in Jindabyne.
Lures to use will be Tasmanian Devils in numbers 6, 36 and 50 on the surface and No 48 deeper. Also try the Legend Brown Trout and the Rapala CD7 in brown trout colour.
Another great little lure is the Rebel Crickhopper, with the green and gold or yellow been catching lots of fish early in the day.
Best areas to try are East Jindabyne Islands, Lion and Cub Island and Hatchery Bay.
Our next trolling clinic will be held on February 19 and 20 and our popular Snowy Mountains fly-fishing weekend will be on February 26 and 27. The fly weekend is only limited to four people who will learn all about dry-fly fishing in the streams. Call the shop on 02 6456 1342 or my mobile, 0408 024 436 for more information.
Steve Wynn trolled up this lovely Lake Jindabyne brown. The lake is flooding new ground and the streams and rivers are runningnicely.Reads: 459